The Law Ministry has shifted 16 cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to the makeshift court at Bakshibazar of Dhaka on Monday.
The ministry issued three gazette notifications in this regard.
Law Minster Anisul Huq briefed reporters about the government decision after the gazettes were published, saying the cases were shifted to a single court over security concerns and not for any political reason.
“Each time Khaleda appears before the court for hearings, she brings around 300-400 people with her. Considering the security measures of both sides, the ministry has taken the decision to hold the trial proceedings of 16 cases in one single court,” the minister said.
“This is not for speeding up trial proceedings. The trial will continue in due process,” Anisul Huq replied when asked if the move was aimed to speed up trials.
Before talking to reporters, the minister held a meeting with the speaker of London Tower Hamlet Sabina Akthar when he sought the repatriation of the convicted killers of intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War.
Anisul Haque hoped that the United Kingdom will return convicted war criminals Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman.